Marikana miners happy to be at work

Miners said they were happy to be back, but many warned they would not give up their fight.

Striking Lonmin miners wait in the veld for word from their leaders. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

MARIKANA - More than 77% of Marikana miners reported for work on Thursday and that number is increasing.

On Tuesday, Lonmin bosses and workers signed a wage deal to end the bloody six-week-long industrial action at the North West mine.

Some 45 people were killed in the violence.

Under the deal, miners will receive salary increases of up to 22 percent and a once-off bonus of R2,000.

The atmosphere at Marikana was calm on Thursday, as workers clocked in for their shifts.

Miners said they were happy to be back, but many warned they would not give up the fight for the R12,500 increase they were asking for.

Lonmin management said it first needs to ensure peace and stability in Marikana, before it can alter policies to prevent violence from flaring up again.

The company said it needs more clarity on wage negotiations and the illegal strike.

Mine management is waiting for the outcome of the presidential commission of inquiry before enforcing any new policies.

The company said it had a detailed plan to restore calm to the area.

Over the next few days, Lonmin will focus on ensuring worker safety before production can return to normal.